Why do we feel we have to prove something?
I have to make an impact to make my life matter. I need to be important and influence others to feel I've done enough, or at least done something. I must be different, popular, special, famous, loved, shared, liked, known.
1 John 3:16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.
John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.
Matthew 16:25 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.
James 4:6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: "God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble."
I'm still trying to cover my sins by working, by doing good. I'm trying to blot out deep stains. If I make a difference in the world, a big difference in the world, then it will be enough. I'll be satisfied. I'll have peace.
Is Jesus' blood enough for me?
But I have to tell more people, do more things, make my life matter. Then I can finally prove something.
And all along I know the truth. God loves me. I'm important to Him. I matter to him. He knows me. I'm famous in His eyes.
Comforting one crying child is proof enough of a life lived well. It means everything. And then I look at myself and see I am that crying child. And it's God who comforts me. I don't work to get into the grace of God. I'm His child. I am God's child.
I have nothing to prove.
Jesus' blood is enough.
I'm covered in the shadow of His grace.
No more working.
Now, I live freely.
Welcome to the kingdom. Here, we lose our lives for our brothers.